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Top Saudi royals ‘arrested for plotting with Americans against King,’ Western media say. What’s happening in oil-rich kingdom?

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has had his relatives arrested for plotting a coup against him and King Salman with the help of “foreign powers, including the Americans,” Western media claim.

Oil plunges in Asia as producers start price war. Oil plunged nearly 30% in a chaotic market opening, with main crude benchmarks Brent and WTI both trading below $35 a barrel amid fears of an all-out price war following the collapse of an output cut deal between Russian and OPEC.

Indian politician calls for burqa ban claiming ‘terrorists’ use them to hide from police. In an apparent reference to the recent violent protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which have swept India, Singh claimed that criminals and “terrorists” were using the burqa to conceal their identities.

Trump's Middle East Plan. The US will recognise Israeli sovereignty over swathes of the West Bank, including Jewish settlements and much of the Jordan river valley

Iraqi security forces raid Baghdad protest site. Iraqi security forces have moved against the main anti-government protest site in central Baghdad. They fired live ammunition and tear gas as they began removing tents and concrete barriers near Tahrir Square and a bridge across the Tigris river, eyewitnesses say.

Meghan Markle's fight to protect son Archie contributed to royal exit: report. Meghan Markle had to fight for the protection of her and Prince Harry's son, Archie, and the pushback she and Harry received contributed to their decision to step down as working royals, according to a new report.

Australia's raging fires will create big problems for fresh drinking water. In the wake of the enormous fires that have razed huge swathes of drought-stricken Australia, scientists fear that when rains eventually fall, they will wash charred debris into rivers, dams, and the ocean, killing wildlife and even tainting the drinking supplies of major cities, such as Sydney.

US-Iran relations: A brief history. From the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Iran's prime minister in 1953, to tension and confrontation under President Trump, a look back over more than 65 years of tricky relations between Iran and the US.

Meet Ali, 25. Boris Johnson's biggest challenger Ali Milani didn't speak English when he came to Britain from Iran at the age of five. Twenty years later, he's the biggest individual threat to Boris Johnson at this week's election.

North Korea carries out 'very important test' North Korea says it has carried out a "very important test" at a satellite-launching site. The KCNA state news agency said the results would be used to upgrade the country's strategic status. It provided no further details

Russia's Taymyr plan: Arctic coal for India risks pollution Natural riches come in two conflicting types in Russia's Arctic north: valuable minerals and spectacular wildlife

DONALD TRUMP IN AFGHANISTAN: RARE WAR ZONE VISIT. It was only the second trip to a war zone by a U.S. president who never served in the military and has often derided U.S. engagement in foreign conflicts as costly blunders. He traveled to Iraq in 2018 for a Christmas holiday visit with troops.

Iran says it arrested 8 people linked to CIA during unrest – state media.

Those detained “had received CIA-funded training in various countries under the cover of becoming citizen-journalists,” Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said, as cited by the outlet.


India’s test launch of nuclear-capable ballistic missile India has successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-II. The latest test on India’s main strategic deterrence weapon took place on Saturday.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire Those convicted of murder included the headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment and two female classmates.

Turkey Syria offensive: Erdogan and Putin strike deal over Kurds. Turkey and Russia have agreed what they called a "historic" deal over military action against Kurds in northern Syria after a marathon diplomatic meeting.

Could Mr Trump be impeached? Republicans control the Senate, so Mr Trump would not be removed from office unless members of his own party turned on him

Assam NRC: What next for 1.9 million 'stateless' Indians? India has published the final version of a list which effectively strips about 1.9 million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship.

Indonesia picks Borneo island as site of new capital The current capital, Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people, sits on swampy land.

Three Muslims lynched on pretext of stealing cow A mob in eastern India has beaten to death three men suspected of trying to steal cattle, police say.

Monsoon floods displace millions in India More than three million people have been displaced across north and north-eastern India amid monsoon rain that has cost lives and destroyed homes.

Indian police arrest priest & school teacher after they attempt to ‘sacrifice’ 3yo girl

Police in India have saved a 3-year-old girl from imminent death at the hands of her own relatives, as they planned to “sacrifice” the toddler after getting the green light from her parents, local media reports

Istanbul mayoral re-run: Erdogan's ruling AKP loses again Turkey's ruling party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, latest results show.

US Senate votes to block Trump's $8bn Saudi arms sale The US Senate has voted to block the sale of billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, striking a blow to President Donald Trump.

Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China's ties with Kim China's President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005.

Russia to start sending missile systems to Turkey in 2 months – and has ALREADY trained crews. S-400 anti-air missile systems will begin to arrive in Turkey in two months, says the head of Russian state defense corporation Rostec, despite Washington warning Ankara that the deal could threaten their partnership.

India announces retaliatory trade tariffs against the US India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds and apples.

India establishes Indo-Pacific Desk at Foreign Ministry The division, headed by Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami, will “integrate the Indian Ocean Rim Association, ASEAN Region, and the Quad” under its purview.

Theresa May to resign as prime minister Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.

Zakir Musa: India's 'most wanted' killed in Kashmir Zakir Musa, whose real name is Zakir Rashid Bhat, was a close aide of Burhan Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri militant leader, whose killing by security forces in 2016 sparked widespread protests.

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister told AFP Sunday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her long-term partner, television presenter Clarke Gayford, a spokesman has confirmed. News of the couple's engagement emerged after Ms Ardern was seen at a ceremony on Friday wearing a diamond ring on the middle finger of her left hand.

Explainer: Indonesia's election - the people, issues and preparations Most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead but the opposition has disputed survey findings. Some recent surveys have shown Prabowo catching up.

Afghan talks: how big are the challenges? Taliban, in the interim period, want to continue their pressure on the Americans and the Afghan security forces.

Killing of Pakistanis by Saudi Arab on the rise, report. "Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 Pakistanis in the past five years,"

Israel election: Netanyahu wins fifth term as rival concedes Benjamin Netanyahu has already begun to broker deals with religious and far-right parties.

Pete Buttigieg: How a young, gay mayor became a Democratic star Pete Buttigieg, a little-known mayor of a modest-sized Midwest city, has become an unlikely rising star in the 2020 Democratic presidential field. How?

Israelis prepare to go to the polls: here's what we know. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party would win 31 seats if elections were held today, the online survey of 583 respondents found. Blue and White, led by ex-army chief Benny Gantz, would win 30 seats, according to the poll.

AI Bias. Google bans ethics board. Google confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership.

Over 540 million Facebook user records leaked by third parties In what has become a depressingly common refrain for the social network behemoth, Facebook user data has once again been left exposed to the public.

Erdogan is weak, yet invincible. Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate local elections anyway.

Pakistan to start fencing border with Iran next week Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa Commander of the Southern Command recently made the remarks during an international seminar in south western Pakistani city of Quetta.

Russia nuclear treaty: US warned over threat to scrap deal Russia has condemned US plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty and threatened to retaliate for a "very dangerous step".

US Navy Commander jailed for taking bribe. Amundson, a decorated combat pilot, told the judge that he did not realise what he was doing was illegal.

Khashoggi Disappearance. THE Saudi journalist who disappeared in mysterious circumstances was drugged and butchered to pieces while still alive in a grisly seven-minute killing, sources have claimed

Clashes at Myanmar garment factory leave dozens injured Workers say they set up a union two years ago to fight for their rights after enduring abuse from managers, limited toilet breaks and unbearably hot working conditions.

Warning shot? China sells US Treasury bonds amid trade war China has sold $3 billion of sovereign dollar bonds. This is only the third such move by Beijing in the last 14 years, and the first involving bonds with a 30-year maturity.

'Belt and road' disputes between China and its partners Five years after Beijing rolled out its ambitious plan to improve regional and transcontinental connectivity, the time is ripe for disputes to arise as contracts mature

China condemns U.S. for South China Sea freedom of navigation operation. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.

Why India is furious about a set of stamps. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

US Bases in Qatar Qatar will expand two air bases including Udeid, which hosts the largest US military facility in the Middle East

Indonesian Police Kill Dozens ahead of Asian Games.  Police in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.

Uighurs in Chinese 'internment camps. Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN anti-discrimination body has said.

China mosque demolition sparks standoff in Ningxia Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished.

Saudi-led air strike on school bus kill at least 40. The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.

Sri Lanka waives debt for Women Sri Lanka has announced it would waive debt for the most vulnerable women in the drought hit areas.

A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost exactly as scripted. But many impromptu moments of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a success.

China May Get World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South Pars gas fields to China if the French company could not secure protection from U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.

India leads in global milk production India has outpaced the global milk production with an annual growth rate of 5.53% compared with the 2.09% achieved globally.

Aung San Suu Kyi may face genocide charges. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the head of the armed forces Gen Aung Min Hlaing, could find themselves in the dock on genocide charges some time in the future.

German pilots refuse to deport rejected asylum seekers Pilots in Germany are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the cancellation of more than 200 flights.

Hundreds of Muslim Uighurs Flee China for Fears of Persecution Those who escaped on Monday had no documents and their nationality could not be determined, a Thai immigration official told Khaosod newspaper.

China, UK and Army fail to remove Robert Mugabe Many political observers and fellow Zimbabweans had been expecting Mr. Mugabe to step down as president after nearly 40 years in power. But the embattled president gave a 20-minute televised speech that acknowledged problems in the nation — and he vowed to soldier on.

Hitler Wax Work Removed from Museum. The Nazi Germany leader was placed against a wall-sized banner depicting the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp with the notorious “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) sign.

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CPEC - threats and potential - an assessment. Long-term political stability in Pakistan is key to success for Pakistan's regional economic pursuits. Pakistan's security situation suggest a troubled future unless sustainable democracy takes root.

India's shame. India is world’s biggest user of groundwater, drawing more than U.S, and China combined. Poor water management in India is depriving Pakistan of vital life line. The country will need to become far more efficient in the way it uses water.

India places curbs on media The Kashmir Reader has been banned for a month but no one has really made a strong statement against it as has been done with NDTV And ironically, the BJ decried the treatment of the media during the 1975 emergency-only to do the same on 2016. It’s only when something happens in Delhi that everyone is up in arms. But beyond Delhi censorship has been had for journalists for a while.. 

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  Iran and Saudi Arabia. No doubt, Saudi Arabia has objectives and a plan, but in the short term they appear to create more problems for the kingdom than for its arch-rival. The growing anxiety over slump in the oil market and the ageing Kingdom becoming a threat for regional peace?


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